Visit Our UNIX and Linux User Community


Differences between hard link and soft link


 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Top Forums UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users Differences between hard link and soft link
# 1  
Old 03-08-2002
Question Differences between hard link and soft link

Hi all!
I'd like to know the differences between hard links and soft links. I've already read the ln manpage, but i'm not quite sure of what i understood.
Does a hard link sort of copy the file to a new name, give it the same inode number and same rights?
What exactly should I do to do this:
I'm replacing the /usr/bin/passwd by /usr/bin/npasswd on over 400 servers. I did a ls -li on /usr/bin/passwd and came up with 5 same inodes, on of 'em being /usr/bin/chfn.
I read the man page on chfn, it's a hard link to passwd.
After moving /usr/bin/chfn to chfn.old, is this syntax correct ( for a hard link?):
Code:
$ ln /usr/bin/npasswd /usr/bin/chfn

Thanx for the help....

Smilie Smilie Smilie

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 11-09-2010 at 07:31 AM.. Reason: added code tags
penguin-friend
# 2  
Old 03-08-2002
This was answered in lots of detail before. A simple keywords search will easily find the discussion.

https://www.unix.com/showthread.php?t...ink+difference

Please take the time to do keyword searches BEFORE asking questions....
# 3  
Old 03-08-2002
Thanx Neo...

Thanx, it's just that i didn't thimk of the + on the keyword search...
penguin-friend
# 4  
Old 03-08-2002
BTW, the "+" was added by the forum search software... all you have to do is put in keywords with spaces when searching.


I used:

Quote:
link hard symbolic difference

Previous Thread | Next Thread
Test Your Knowledge in Computers #825
Difficulty: Medium
The term API seems to appear for the first time in the article of Ira W. Cotton, Data structures and techniques for remote computer graphics, published in 1968.
True or False?

10 More Discussions You Might Find Interesting

1. Shell Programming and Scripting

Soft link

can u help me out how change the hooked file below. VEUEMASTER.txt -> /sbvnj/kfls//VSUE_OBR_MAER.txt.201503230800 (4 Replies)
Discussion started by: ramkumar15
4 Replies

2. Solaris

Soft link issue

I did restore from netbackup for root file system on separate slice instead of corrupted one. After restoration I found there are number of soft link issues lie e.g libabcxyx > /mnt/usr/lib it should be libabcxyz > /usr/lib does any have solution to change symbolic link changed in... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: nimish_mehta
1 Replies

3. Shell Programming and Scripting

how to remove soft link

hi i have create a soft link using below command. ln -s <filename> <dirmane>where file name i use is t1 and dir name was t2. i deleted the dir t2 using command rm -rf to remove the soft link . however again i create a file a using the name t2 and when i just try to link t1 to t2 ... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: scriptor
1 Replies

4. Shell Programming and Scripting

soft link issue

Hi , When installing oracle software a set of directories are created under the home directories. Since the home directory is usually not big , i would like to create a soft link from the home directory to mount point with alot of free space , that way the logs will not be wriiten under the... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: yoavbe
1 Replies

5. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Differentiate Soft and Hard Link

Hi, Can somebody please help me in knowing the difference between soft (Symbolic) link and hard link. Please explain it in as simple terms as possible. Kris (4 Replies)
Discussion started by: balu_solaris
4 Replies

6. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Difference between hard link and soft link

Hi Experts, Please help me out to find out difference between a hard link and a soft link. I am new in unix plz help me with some example commands ( for creating such links). Regards S.Kamakshi :) (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: kamakshi s
2 Replies

7. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Hard Link vs SOft Link????

Hi PLease let me know the usage of Hard Link vs Soft Link i.e what is the basic difference and what happens when one file is changed or deleted in both the cases??? thanks (3 Replies)
Discussion started by: skyineyes
3 Replies

8. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

need some info about symbolic link and hard link

hello folks how y'all doin well i have some questions about symbolic link and hard link hope some one answer me i open terminal and join as root and i wrote ln -s blah blah then i wrote ls i see red file called blah blah but didn't understand what is this can some one explain and... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: detective linux
2 Replies

9. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

hard/soft link question

I am curious about one thing. Lets say I have a file file-a to which new generations are created on demand by simply archiving it (ex: file-a.tar.gz) and having the new one created with the same original filename file-a. Now what I want to know is if I create a hard/soft link to file-a, what... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: Browser_ice
1 Replies

10. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Difference between hard link and soft link in unix

Hi All, Can any one please explain me what is the difference between hard link and soft link in UNIX. Thanks in advance Raja Chokalingam. (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: RAJACHOKALINGAM
2 Replies

Featured Tech Videos